Sunderland firm takes on bike ride to remember 21-year-old

The Grundfos riders
The Grundfos riders
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Workers at a Sunderland company completed a charity bike ride in memory of a former colleague who died aged 21 earlier this year.

Fifty members of staff at Grundfos, in Castletown, cycled to Beamish and back in memory of former trainee maintenance technician Shaun Dobinson, who died while on holiday in New York on June 3 this year.

The ride raised funds for New York’s Presbyterian Hospital, where Shaun was treated after falling ill with diabetes.

Catherine Attwell, HR director at Grundfos, said Washington-born Shaun worked at the company for four years before moving on to another company in May this year.

She said: “Shaun was a very popular and hardworking member of the team, and we all wanted to do something in his memory. We talked to his family who suggested raising money for the Presbyterian Hospital in New York where his family said he was so well treated.

“Shaun volunteered for everything, and was a popular member of the Grundfos Olympics team and our bike ride was exactly the sort of thing he would have enjoyed.”

The Grundfos Health and Well-being team arranges an annual fundraising bike ride, usually through to South Shields.

Michael McKenzie, production supervisor at Grundfos, who helped organise the ride, said: “The day went very well and everyone returned safe and well and a bit fitter. Hopefully the ride will motivate the team to get on their bikes more often and we’ll have a healthier and happier workforce.

“There was a big response to this year’s ride.

“Shaun was a chirpy character who got on well with everyone here.”